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McKinzie, Unick Had a Shared Belief in Creating $1 Million Bonus

There’s a lot on the line for morning-line favorite Shared Belief in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. For starters, there is the Candy Ride’s gelding’s perfect record of seven wins from seven lifetime starts, dating back to … Continue reading

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with discussions about which horses look good, which ones don’t, and where the money should … Continue reading

Women in Racing: ‘I Love Being Number One’

When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the choice was obvious— she had essentially spent years … Continue reading

Love Me Only Trial Ends With Jury Unable to Reach Decision

After more than eight hours of deliberation on Tuesday, jurors hearing the lawsuit filed by Summer Wind Farm owners Frank and Jane Lyon against Coolmore Stud partners, Ashford Stud and Eaton Sales over the disputed $2.1 million sale of Love … Continue reading

Shock Ruling: Iowa Judge Dismisses Case Against Jockey Caught With Five Buzzers

Stewards at Prairie Meadows racetrack & casino in Iowa have reinstated the license of jockey Roberto Morales – found earlier this year to be in possession of five electrical devices and a handgun – after a District Court judge ruled … Continue reading

Women in Racing: From the Classroom to Career

I knew it would be hard going, but I didn’t realize how hard. In the early fifties there was considerable prejudice against women going into what was considered “men’s fields.” I became especially conscious of this feeling when… I went … Continue reading

Indiana Commission Says Vet’s ‘Ethical Compass Is Broken,’ Urges 20-Year Ban

Saying he is a veterinarian “whose ethical compass is broken” and who “embodies the worst stereotypes of a racetrack practitioner,” the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has filed an administrative complaint against Dr. Ross Russell, recommending a 20-year suspension and $20,000 fine … Continue reading

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made a living by taking people on mounted hunting … Continue reading

McDonald: Love Me Only Was ‘Ouchy,’ Not Lame

Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm over the disputed $2.1-million sale of the 3-year-old … Continue reading

Love Me Only Trial: Witness Alleges ‘Threatening and Bullying’

The lawsuit over the disputed sale of $2.1 million broodmare Love Me Only being heard by a jury in Fayette Country Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., figured to come down to a battle of the expert witnesses. But in testimony … Continue reading